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Pakistan Army wants cleanup before polls

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Pakistan Observer report by Afzal Bajwa


Asserting as the only unwavering institution amid political transition, Pakistan army has urged upon political leader-ship to go for law and order be-sides accountability before general elections, well placed sources told Pakistan Observer.

According to the sources, the armed forces’ top brass believes that politically elected functionaries must be held responsible for the misgivings, lacking, and blatant failures on their part. “The army does not want to share the responsibility of the outgoing government’s miserable failure in the counter terror measures,” the sources added.Read More »Pakistan Army wants cleanup before polls

Tehreek-e-Insaf’s nine point industry policy

Party vows to restore confidence of investors; create 10 million new jobs for youth

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday unveiled its nine-point industrial policy, vowing to revive the industry by restoring confidence of investors and creating around 10 million new jobs for the youth.

“Industry in Pakistan is in dire straits due to a crippling energy crisis, lack of access to finance and shortage of skilled workforce. The PTI’s industrial policy aims at building solid foundations for the revival of industry by creating 10 million new jobs for the youth over the next five years and making the sector more viable and competitive in the international markets,” said Asad Umar while unveiling the party’s industrial policy.Read More »Tehreek-e-Insaf’s nine point industry policy

Dr Tahir-al-Qadri’s clarion call

By Saeed Qureshi

Tuesday, January 08, 2013 – If Dr Allama Muhammad Tahirul-Qadri can bring about a change for the better in Pakistan, it should be diligently welcomed. His political party Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) that he founded in 1990 outlines the mission “to introduce the culture of true democracy, economic stability, improve the state of human rights, justice and the women’s role in Pakistan”. The PAT also aims to remove corruption from Pakistani politics.
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LAHORE: Asma questions transparency in Arsalan Iftikhar case

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 Veteran lawyer Asma Jahangir has said that there were numerous reservations and questions with regards to the Arsalan Iftikhar case. She proposed to call a Scotland Yard team to probe the case if country’s institutions were not trustworthy for judiciary.

While talking to media at Lahore High Court Bar Association, Asma said that the Supreme Court was not meeting the requirements of delivery of justice in the case of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s son, Arsalan Iftikhar.
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Pakistani Executive off the hook, but what about Judiciary?

 By Muhammad Akram

LAHORE: The 22-day-long lifeline to a prime minister who was in a Catch 22 situation only a day earlier on whether to appear before the Supreme Court’s special bench hearing NRO implementation case can safely imply as a show of restraint on both the sides as well as an explicit desire to find a middle way out of the deepening quagmire of more than three-year-long stand-off between the executive and the judiciary.

If on the one hand the top PPP leadership had ignored the most popular demand within the party circles that the PM should not appear before the bench to express displeasure over the disqualification of his predecessor, the special bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on the other hand granted 22 days to the government to amicably resolve the lingering dispute over writing a letter to the Swiss authorities for reopening alleged graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. Read More »Pakistani Executive off the hook, but what about Judiciary?

Judiciary has become a dictator, says Gilani

 Ex-PM says no need for elections as judges want to govern the country.

 He would advise Raja to not to go to court.

MULTAN: Terming judiciary similar to dictators, former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said sarcastically that there was no need of elections as the judges want to govern the country.

Speaking to reporters during an iftar party, he said, “We have fought against all dictators and were always successful, but today the judiciary has become a dictator.”Read More »Judiciary has become a dictator, says Gilani

Islamabad: Senator levels allegations against CJ, demands resignation


* Abidi says SC verdict on new contempt law has laid foundation of confrontation between state institutions

* CJP should resign for ‘crime’ of his son

Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Senator Faisal Raza Abidi on Sunday asked the CJP to quit for taking oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) and for alleged involvement of his son in a financial impropriety case.

Addressing a press conference at the PPP Secretariat on Sunday, Abidi alleged that the son of the CJP, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, had misused the Chief Justice House, Islamabad. He questioned if former CJP Dogar was held responsible for the crime of his daughter, referring to the undue increase in marks of Farah Dogar in FBISE exams, why could not the present CJP be held responsible for the crimes of his son. Abidi said the annulment of the contempt of court law had laid a basis for confrontation between two major pillars of the state.
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Khwaja Asif vs Imran Khan: investor speaks and answers key questions

The man at the centre of the PML-N vs Imran Khan controversy over Shaukat Khanum investments, Imtiaz Hydari has come out publicly and blasted Khwaja Asif and his party declaring that his company handling $1.8 billion in funds has already absorbed the drop in value of a sound investment decision taken by the board.


“My company, HBG has taken steps to absorb the impairment in value by granting increased shares to SKMT i.e. the reduced value of Sugarland shares will be compensated by higher percentage shareholding of SKMT in Sugarland BVI. This preserves and protects SKMT investment. Additionally, HBG has also provided an undertaking to assist SKMT’s exit from the investment with Capital Protected,” Hydari said in a response released to the media on Saturday.Read More »Khwaja Asif vs Imran Khan: investor speaks and answers key questions

The two judgments

Article by I. A. Rehman, published in Daily Dawn on 21st June 2012

ALL praises to the Almighty that the people of Pakistan have been blessed with two history-making judgments of the apex court and this within a matter of days.

The more momentous of the two verdicts has ended the months-old agony of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani by pushing him off the prime ministerial gaddi. Since the issue was contempt of the highest court in the land the verdict was not unexpected, though the scale of punishment is.

While all Supreme Court verdicts must always be honoured even if they do not appear to be sound, it may not be possible to avoid a prolonged discussion on the present judgment. There are quite a few issues that will need to be clarified.Read More »The two judgments